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Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training
There is nothing in all of American sport quite like baseball's spring training. This annual six-week ritual, whose origins date back nearly a century and a half, fires the hearts and imaginations of fans who flock by the hundreds of thousands to places like Dodgertown to glimpse superstars and living legends in a relaxed moment and watch the drama of journeyman veterans a ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2009 by Oxford University Press
(first published February 2nd 2009)
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Very thorough book on the history of Spring Training, with emphasis on major team movements from then end of WWII to present. As much or more about business as it is about the game of baseball. If you want a good baseball book, read the recent Yogi Berra biography. This book (Under the March Sun) does an excellent job in covering its topic, but if you find the details of public financing or facilities planning boring, there are some parts of this book you might not like. I thought it was pretty ...more
I have read this book three times and have enjoyed it thoroughly each time. The author does an outstanding job in the history of this segment in baseball! One reason I enjoyed this book is because of the Politics involved in the behind the scenes scrambling for Public dollars to finance Team moves and facility construction. If you are looking for more of the Baseball aspect...this is not your book. However, if you are like myself and enjoy learning different facets of the business of Baseball, t ...more
As someone who grew up in Florida before the arrival of the Marlins and (Devil) Rays, I look back with nostalgia on the days when spring training was an intimate affair and not merely a miniaturized version of Major League Baseball's regular season. I particularly enjoyed the chapters of this book that reflected on bygone stadiums, and I found myself hoping that the powers that be in Florida find a way to stem the tide of teams relocating their spring training homes from the east coast to the Ar ...more
A good history of spring training. It does provide a bleak picture of the future of spring training as most teams are willing to keep moving while simply looking for the BBD (bigger, better deal). It is sad to see teams owned by billionaires that employ multi-millionaires fleecing towns and pitting them against each other leaving economic chaos in their wake. This is coming from a die-hard fan who, thankfully, has had his team in one town since the end of WWII.
Like spring training, I was glad when this book was over. The excitement, the stories of baseball history which began the book with such promise took on the aspect of the last two weeks of spring training with seemingly endless stories of money and politics, true facts, but not all that fascinating.
This was a delight to read. I kept feeling like I was sitting in warm sunshine as I read it. It was fun to read during MARCH! I love the stories of spring training and reading about the history of MLB spring training. I never knew Champaign, IL was home to Cubs' spring training for three years... 1901, 1902, and 1906!
An extremely well written and researched history of Spring Training in MLB from the 1800s to the present. The city hopping segments get a bit repetitive and tired, but I would recommend the book if you are a baseball fan. The chapters on segregation in Florida in the Jackie Robinson era and into the 60s are fascinating but brief, a highlight of the book.